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Become a Junior Ranger!

Become a Junior Ranger!

Whichever National Park Service Ranger came up with the Junior Ranger program is a genius! It has not only provided the kid’s with some excitement, it’s made them pay attention on the trip, tours, and adventures through the park, as they fill out their pamphlet or worksheets to attain their mighty badge. These programs exist in most of the parks and are well worth pursuing if you have a full day or more to spend in the park. One of…

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

On our train vacation, we took a 1-day excursion from Seattle and tried to see at much of Mount Rainier National Park as we could.  The National Park was less than a 2-hour drive from Seattle.  The route that we took was Interstate 5 South to WA-70 South to WA-706.  This will take you to the Nisqually entrance of the park. We got an early start from Seattle, so that we’d have a full day to spend at Mount Rainier.  …

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Grand Teton

Grand Teton

We decided to add Grand Teton National Park as part of our Yellowstone vacation almost as an after-thought because it was an adjacent National Park. They are actually only a few miles away from one another – a really short drive. And as it turns out, the Tetons is one of the most beautiful areas that we’ve ever seen! As always, pictures pale in comparison to the real scenery. The foothill-less snow-capped mountains rising up from the horizon; the beautiful…

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Shark Valley Tram Tour

Shark Valley Tram Tour

The Shark Valley Tram Tour was a great way to see the Everglades! This open-air 2 hour tour went through the heart of the River of Grass and stops at a 45-foot high observation tower where the view seems endless across the flat grassy plains. Richard, our tour guide, and Eric, our driver, were a great duo. Richard would tell us stories, point out the many birds nestled in the grass. And Eric had a keen eye for the alligators,…

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Grand Canyon Family Vacation

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

A Grand Canyon family vacation can be loads of fun. When I first started looking into this trip, I thought to myself “how many hours can we spend just looking at this giant crevasse?” As it turns out there is lots to do for the whole family; some great lodging options; delicious places to eat; and a multitude of vantage points each with their own unique view. Our Grand Canyon family vacation took place when our boys were ages 13,…

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of the most unique landscapes you will ever see. At over 1.5 million acres, it is home to the American Alligator and American Crocodile (only place they coexist), along with hundreds of bird species, turtles, manatees, and even the rare and elusive black panther! Aptly nicknamed the “River of Grass”, this park is actually a slow moving river that flows south from Lake Okeechobee at depths of up to 3 feet and nearly 112 miles…

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